Most safety gates are between 24 and 32 inches tall and can be adjusted to spaces from about 27 to 144 inches wide. Some fit up to 20 feet. Pressure-mounted gates are easier to install than those with fixed attachments. Hardware-mounted gates should always be used for blocking off stairs or other spaces where security is most important.
Dangerous gates have not been marketed since 1985. Since those models were not recalled, it is important to be aware of potential dangers if you have access to old safety gates. Spacing of bars, like those on cribs, should be no farther that 2-3/8 inches apart.
- Test the latching mechanism. It should work easily and effectively for you every time. And close it every time.
- Read directions for mounting carefully and be sure the gate is secure when the work is done.
- As with other baby equipment, don't rely on a gate to keep your child safe. The one time you're not watching will be the time he or she learns to climb over or around it.